The work of a teacher providing lifelong learning is in itself a learning process. Quite apart from being involved in education and therefore being in an environment geared towards learning, the process of becoming a teacher and that of adding strings to one's bow as a qualified teacher is something which necessitates an openness to learning. There are numerous teaching qualifications available even for those teachers who are already qualified. Adding further qualifications is by no means compulsory but, as in any profession, it will undoubtedly increase not only the range but the standard of positions for which you may apply.
As with many professions it is possible to learn on the job if you are a qualified teacher. Indeed it is considered preferable that you do, as it allows you to upskill and increase your professionalism as a teacher. One qualification that is recommended for PTLLS-qualified teachers is the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. As the PTLLS name suggests, it is a qualification for those at the start of their planned career in teaching within that sector. The Diploma is a way of taking this further. To qualify as a DTLLS teacher it is, unlike with the PTLLS, necessary to have teaching experience, and indeed the assessment process necessitates the teacher to be observed at work 8 times for at least a total of 8 hours.
The DTLLS stresses the importance of theories and principles for planning and enabling learning in its first part, while in its second it concerns itself more with the matters of the teacher's own development in a personal and professional sense, and the design of a broad curriculum. Alternatively, a candidate may wish to either add to their PTLLS or pick, as an alternative to it, the Certificate for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Although this certificate covers some of the same ground as the PTLLS, it adds to it as well and is broader in its scope. PTLLS in fact constitutes one of the modules in the CTLLS course, along with the subjects of Planning and Enabling Learning as covered in the DTLLS course, and the Principles and Practice of Assessment.
Any of these courses can be followed up by the highest teaching qualification, the ultimate aim of any teacher in training, the QTLS. QTLS stands for "Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills". A qualification gained over the course of two years, the QTLS is gained after a course focussed on theories of teaching and learning, involving observation and mentoring processes. The QTLS course is held over two years, with the first focusing heavily on methodology and the second being geared more towards becoming a more autonomous teacher and honing one's own style. Both elements are highly important for someone wishing to teach for a living.
On gaining a QTLS qualification, the successful candidate will be fully qualified to take up a full time teaching role within the Lifelong Learning Sector - whether as a teacher, a tutor or a trainer.